A giant hole has opened in the Sun. It just sent an explosive stream of solar wind toward Earth.
– The phenomenon is caused by a vast coronal hole in the Sun's atmosphere, where the magnetic field opens into space.
– NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captures this, revealing a gaping dark expanse across the Sun's surface.
The upcoming solar wind, expected to reach Earth on December 4, could induce geomagnetic disturbances.
Earth is poised to experience dual solar events, including an off-target Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) on December
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the massive dark expanse on the Sun's surface, measuring nearly 800,000 kilometers in length
The convergence of the coronal hole's solar wind and the off-target CME is predicted to induce G1 to G2-class geomagnetic storms
Geomagnetic storms may lead to beautiful auroral displays, commonly known as the Northern Lights, visible at mid-latitudes
The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) closely monitors such events due to their potential to affect satellite communications, GPS systems, and power grids
Anticipated G1 to G2 storm levels suggest possible minor disruptions to satellite operations and power systems. In addition, they suggest increased chances of witnessing the aurora borealis further away from the poles